hé to close; to join; to fit

Note

Combination of top part 'come together' and 'mouth' suggest the lips closing up together
Number of strokes 6

Sounds same

hé (river) hé (together) hé (grain) hé (what) hé (why)

Different tone

hē (drink)

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Pronunciation

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Cities

合肥 Hefei, Anhui

Proverbs

天作之合 tiān zuò zhī hé Blissful affection

Also

百合 bǎi hé lily

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Urban plans change

Any recent visitor to China will have come away astonished by the pace of change. Huge, new buildings pop-up everywhere. The government has a strategy of planned construction of whole new urban centers. While the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) of Deng Xiaoping's era have prospered there is now more than example of how this strategy has failed to deliver. Ordos has been widely featured as a modern ghost town because a local boom from coal mining did not take place. Other developments within Tianjin, Kunming cities and at Yingkou, Liaoning have also failed to find take-up by companies. The government strategy seems to be moving from designating new cities to develop to following industrial development - only putting new urban cities where there is a demonstrable need for them.


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